Pro-Lifers filled the lower level lobby of the Pettis County Courthouse Tuesday at noon to observe the 40th anniversary of the Roe V. Wade Supreme Court decision in 1973 that legalized abortion. The theme of the event was “Forty Years Too Many.”
Guest speaker for the event was Anne Carmichael, vice president of the Vitae Foundation. Liz Suter-VanLeer emceed the solemn memorial ceremony attended by several students from Sacred Heart and St. Paul’s schools, as well as community members who support the Pro-Life movement.
St. Paul’s vocal music students sang “God Bless America” led by Judy McLean, and Sacred Heart vocal music students sang “Orphans of God” with Darrin Hartman accompanying them on the electric piano.
The Boys Scouts of America presented the colors at the start of the event. Members of the Knights of Columbus were also in attendance.
Those in attendance were asked by Suter-VanLeer to read a “pledge of re-commitment” to a pro-life stance in their daily lives.
Rev. Jeremy Freeman of St. Paul’s Luthern provided the invoation at the ceremony while Rev. Christopher Kellogg from Our Savior Lutheran provided the benediction.
At the conclusion of the courthouse ceremony, part two of the event was held at Calvary Cemetery on North Engineer, where 40 red roses were placed at the “Innocents Memorial” during a brief prayer service led by Rev. Rodney Brown of Parkview Christian Church. The number of roses matched the number of years since Roe V. Wade was passed.
The event was sponsored by the Sedalia Chapter of Misouri Right to Life. Photos by Randy Kirby, Sedalia News Journal.